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Oncoplastic Breast Conserving Surgery

  • Understanding the Procedure

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    Breast cancer is a disease fraught with emotion. Not only must a woman grapple with the challenge of surviving this disease, she also has to cope with the impact that breast cancer may have on her self-image and confidence, due to the physical changes to her body.

    Therefore, breast conserving surgery (BCS), which removes the cancer and spares the rest of the breast, is the preferred option for most women over mastectomy (total removal of the breast) whenever this choice is available. Oncoplastic breast conserving surgery (OBCS) began as an idea to improve the cosmetic outcomes of BCS, and has since developed into a wide range of techniques that can be applied to many breast cancer patients. These techniques not only treat the cancer, but also help to preserve a woman's self-esteem by working to preserve a part of a woman’s anatomy closely linked with her femininity and sexual identity.

    OBCS combines the principles of oncology with plastic surgery to achieve more desirable aesthetic results, while maintaining a low cancer recurrence rate. This form of surgery not only removes cancer-affected breast tissue effectively, but also offers OBCS as an option to some women who would have only been advised mastectomies. This happens when adequate cancer clearance cannot be achieved without removing more than 20% of the breast tissue, as well as for cancers at certain areas of the breast which are susceptible to cosmetic deformities following BCS.

  • Current research shows that OBCS, which is safe and does not have a higher cancer relapse rate compared to standard BCS, does shower greater cosmetic and patient satisfaction. Women with heavy, sagging breasts who need breast cancer treatment may also benefit as their breasts may be reduced in size, resulting in a better cosmetic outcome and improved convenience in their daily lifestyles.

    Although OBCS may appear to involve extensive surgery and scarring, most patients do not need to spend more than a night in the hospital and most of the scars are well hidden in the area around the nipple or in the breast folds.

    Gleneagles Hospital's established team of highly specialised surgeons and doctors, supported by a strong multi-disciplinary team of medical specialists, nurses and therapists, will guide patients with professionalism, sensitivity and care through the entire process from surgery to recovery and back to independence.

  • High-quality, customised healthcare has been our legacy for more than 50 years. Our skilled team of specialists and staff at Gleneagles Hospital is committed to your goal of getting swift, accurate and effective treatment. Enquire to find out more.

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